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MP3 Quality Modifier

By Kevin Schneider Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 9, 2013

MP3 Quality Modifier is a useful, no-nonsense tool for music lovers, audiophiles, archivists, or anyone who has a lot of digital music files. It can upsample tracks to improve their sound quality, convert bit rate mode and sample frequency, and even convert stereo files to mono and vice versa. Presets let you quickly convert files at different quality levels for specific needs, such as Very Best Quality for home digital audio, Portable for your player, and even Very Low Quality for times when space matters but quality doesn't. MP3 Quality Modifier is portable freeware.

When we first ran MP3 Quality Modifier, the program opened with a brief but concise and helpful startup guide. There's also a Help menu with lots of additional information about each step, plus an MP3 Information sheet that explains concepts like bit rate and ID3 tags. However, the program's clean, efficient, and no-nonsense layout and intuitive controls make MP3 Quality Modifier easy to understand. With file conversion software (especially music tools) we always check the settings first. MP3 Quality Modifier's Settings sheet has useful Window, Loading, and Language options, plus an Additional Options sheet that let us set minimum and maximum bit rate; adopt Folder structures, ID3 tags, and File dates; and set processing priority and accuracy. The settings most users will need most often are right on the interface: including Bit rate Mode (Constant, Average, and Variable, with variable range options) and Modus, which let us choose Mono, Stereo, Joint Stereo, or Dual Channel options (see MP3 Information for more on these rare and extremely useful options).

It's easy to convert digital audio files to lower quality. It's much harder to do in reverse (GIGO applies to audio, too) but MP3 Quality Modifier makes the most of what's already there. Our first file grew by 37 percent in size, although obviously not as much in quality, but we were pleased with the results. MP3 Quality Modifier will be of greatest use in standardizing bit rates, for instance, as well as for those times when you need to convert a stereo mix to mono. Much of what it does, no other freeware we've seen can do.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.53

Version 2.53 has fixed wrong handling of slightly corrupt or very small MP3 files and improved the detection of processing problems.

General

Release June 17, 2013
Date Added June 17, 2013
Version 2.53

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 148,030
Downloads Last Week 27
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Developer's Description

MP3 Quality Modifier is a program that is able to easily change the quality of your MP3's in order to save disk space and/or to fit more music on your MP3 player while maintaining the desired level of audio quality and keeping all ID3 tags intact.